Carroll's Kitchen is a nonprofit, social enterprise restaurant committed to providing job training for single women transitioning from homelessness. Through partnership with other local nonprofits, we will be able to provide housing and life skills in addition to the job training and employment for the women in our program.
We hope to open our doors in early September.
We're all about doing #good4raleigh, meaning that we not only want to empower women, but that we want to provide healthy, locally-sourced food and inspire the city to join us in making real, positive change in the community.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
What makes us unique as a restaurant is that we’re more than just a meal. We’re dedicated to ending homelessness for women in our city.
What makes us unique as a nonprofit is that we'll be self-sustaining through the revenue from the restaurant.
But we need some help to get there.
With an initial upfront investment, we know we’ll be able to sustain our job training program and produce great food for the community for years to come. We need you to help us get the doors open and get off the ground in our first year.
WHERE YOUR DONATIONS WILL GO
We have a couple funders who will match our $30k goal if we get to the finish line. Here's a chance to double your money!
- A woman leaves prison and finds safety at a local shelter.
- She's referred to Carroll's Kitchen and moves into a house with two other women and a mentor.
- She's trained in the restaurant, learning employable skills and gaining self-confidence.
- She learns life skills like time management and budgeting, and receives counseling from our partners.
- She graduates feeling empowered by having access to resources & opportunity to live like all things are possible.
- She starts her own bakery and employs other women from a local shelter. And the cycle continues!
We need your help to make Carroll's Kitchen a reality. Please donate, and share with all of your friends who want to be a part of positive community change here in Raleigh.
Vicky Ismail and Jim Freeze are friends and co-founders of Carroll’s Kitchen. They met at church and shared a passion for living out their faith in tangible ways. They wanted to create a sustainable, community-based approach to addressing homelessness. After reading about a similar model in Charlotte called King’s Kitchen, along wth Vicky’s 35+ years of running restaurants, she pitched the idea of a restaurant-based job training program. With Jim’s background as a West Point graduate and combat veteran, he immediately jumped at the idea to translate some of his experiences leading teams in difficult circumstances and make Raleigh better for everyone.
When it comes to running a restaurant, between Vicky, our founder; Nina, our general manager; and Liz our chef, we have over 60 years of restaurant and food experience.
See you in September!
Risks and challenges
We’ve made our plans and we have our permits from the city. We’re on our way to completing the construction and installing the equipment, but as with any construction project (particularly one in an 80+ year old building), we anticipate renovation issues as we bring the space up to current code. Health and safety are a priority, so we want to get them right.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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